It’s officially official. Redshirt junior guard Beetle Bolden has put his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal, just one day after being missing from the Mountaineer bench against Iowa State.
Late Wednesday night we reported that Bolden had left the team.
James Bolden Leaving West Virginia Men’s Basketball Program https://t.co/497M9VrDkx
— mountaineersports.com (@mtneersports) March 7, 2019
Bolden took to Instagram on Thursday to bode farewell to the fans, coaches and university:
“I don’t even know where to be begin. These past four years have been a dream come true. I just want to take this time to thank God first and also the Mountaineer fans, coaches, and the university for giving this kid that came from nothing a chance to show thousands what I can do!! For that, Morgantown will always hold a special place in my heart! With that being said, I’m excited to get back started wherever that may be!!! Trust me, I’m just getting started!! All love this way!!”
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I don’t even know where to be begin…these past four years have been a dream come true. I just want to take this time to thank God first and also the mountaineer fans, coaches, and the university for giving this kid that came from nothing a chance to show thousands what i can do !! For that Morgantown will always hold a special place in my heart! With that being said I’m excited to get back started wherever that may be!!! Trust me I’m just getting started !! All love this way!! 🖤🙏🏽
During his time as a Mountaineer Bolden scored 635 points and drained 121 three-pointers. This season he led the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game, but had been dealing with a variety of injuries and was having trouble staying on the court.
Bob Huggins has said that Bolden graduated in May and was eligible to play at another Division I school as a graduate transfer. Bolden has one season of eligibility remaining.
This season was supposed to be Beetle’s time to lead the West Virginia backcourt. After biding his time backing up four-year starters Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. during his first two seasons in action, this was supposed to be the year Bolden took over as the lead guard in the Mountaineer offense. However, it was not to be.
Bolden’s play during the 2018-2019 season is one of many things that did not go as planned for the Mountaineers. He is the third West Virginia starter that did not make it through the season, joining the recently dismissed Esa Ahmad and Wesley Harris.
Though his career did not have the type of finish Bolden and Mountaineer fans hoped for, he still played a valuable role for this team, particularly on last year’s team as a scoring guard off the bench who could come in and light it up. He had a knack for hitting 26-footers with a hand in his face on a regular basis during his sophomore campaign.
Beetle Bolden Highlights
Good luck to Beetle and thank you for being a Mountaineer!